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Help keep your kids safe online with simple, practical advice from created by NSPCC & O2

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Mrs Darlington

Here’s another toilet roll printing idea for you this morning! A super easy way to create a little spring chicken! 🐥 https://t.co/BKi34jnVS7

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Children of Key Workers have been in our schools creating art thanking our NHS and Key Workers. At 8pm we will . Thank you from BMAT. https://t.co/x42sYGl8Ao

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The Royal Family

A huge thank you to the farmers, retailers, shop workers, distributors, delivery drivers, and every single one of the ! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/ImK7HctgWq

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09/04/20

Happy Easter from our lovely triplets who our staff are taking care of today. https://t.co/sAvdvXV88z

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Nip in the Bud Film

This fantastic blog from Barnardo's asks the question 'what is anxiety?' and provides some helpful tips and tricks to help us all manage this challenging time. https://t.co/hxJPKtQdr0

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Penguin Books UK

‘If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.’ Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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BBC

United we stand, 2m apart. Some sage advice from . 🙌 https://t.co/lKkw1TcmUM

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Samaritans

Hey 👋 it's okay if you're not being productive at the moment. Try to be kind to yourself. Here are some good tips from https://t.co/qObl4HZhmV

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BBC Children in Need

"The government will match, pound for pound, whatever the public decides to donate" Thank you to for supporting with & , helping projects and charities supporting those in crisis across the UK https://t.co/4LDc2K8PwX

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Department for Education

Schools will remain closed until further notice to all except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. Schools will only be re-opened when the scientific advice says it would be safe to do so. https://t.co/vuuwb0NrMu https://t.co/McjtaXisCp

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Stoke-on-Trent BID

Good news for families with little bookworm! 🐛 Thanks to , has secured 800 brand new books to be given out to families alongside their food parcels across the City. We're working with & to distribute the books! 📚😍 https://t.co/tiZR6IWz1q

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SFG Did You Know Wednesday https://t.co/QQFtsGxGRe

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Barack Obama

It’s World Health Day, and we owe a profound debt of gratitude to all our medical professionals. They’re still giving their all for us every day, at great risk to themselves, and we can’t thank them enough for their bravery and their service.

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Our thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family, who like so many in the UK and around the world are affected by coronavirus. We wish him a speedy recovery at this difficult time. W

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The Royal Family

Earlier today The Queen sent a message to Carrie Symonds and to the Johnson family. Her Majesty said they were in her thoughts and that she wished the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/Mo1SgAd9wh

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This 🌎, let's take a moment to thank all those on the frontline of our battle against COVID-19 who are risking their lives every day to save us all. Words cannot even begin to express our thanks for your efforts & commitment https://t.co/XJU9nFDGcH

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Lifting Limits

Your son needs a feminist education just as much as your daughter: , author of The Lost Girls, writes in https://t.co/YeCIIQOtX0 We agree! Cc

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Danny

These doctors have put their pictures on their PPE so that their patients can see who is looking after them, this is such a nice idea ☺️ https://t.co/KyacsOyrr7

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The Royal Family

Today, on , The Queen has sent a message to healthcare professionals across the Commonwealth and around the world, on behalf of The Royal Family. 🌍🏥 https://t.co/AL2N08qnjE

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Home Learning

Teachers have prepared tasks and activities for children to consolidate their learning. The work packs we sent home can also be accessed by clicking on Work Packs in the menu on the left hand side of this page.  They do not include any new learning because this would require teaching.
 
After Easter, teachers will consider how best to communicate new learning. Teachers have begun to use Class Dojo to set learning for pupils in a more personalised way now that there is an extended school closure. 
 

What is a typical school day?

One parent has asked for an example of a typical school day so their child can continue with some kind of normality and routine. Whilst you cannot and do not need to emulate a school day while your child is at home, here is some guidance of the school routine they are familiar with. 
 
Pupils start the day at 8:45 and spend the first thirty minutes self-registering what they want for lunch, completing a morning task e.g., a maths task, spelling or handwriting, and teachers use this time to run intervention sessions with small groups or individual pupils based on their assessments of the previous day.
Pupils in Reception and Year 1 and some pupils in Year 2 are then taught reading in phonics groups (Read, Write, Inc.) from 9:15 until 10:10. The majority of pupils in Year 2 and all pupils in Year 3 usually have their English lesson at 9:15.
At 10:15 pupils in Years 1 to 3 have assembly. Reception don't start joining routine assemblies until after Easter.  Assemblies vary depending on the day. On Mondays, there are whole school assemblies about one of the three rules, on Tuesdays pupils have class assemblies where they usually discuss current affairs or they have an assembly in the hall led by one of the two Reverends from St John's Church. On Wednesdays the 1215 Committee go to classes to lead assemblies, on Thursdays pupils have story assembly either in class or in the hall, and on Fridays, we have our celebration assembly, highlighting all the achievements of pupils throughout the week. 
Pupils in Years 1-3 then have playtime from 10:35 until 10:55, including a fruit/milk break. Reception have their fruit and milk at any point during the morning. Reception start going out to play with the rest of the school from after Easter. 
At 10:55 until lunchtime (11:45 for Reception and 12:00 for the other classes), classes usually have their daily maths lesson.
Lunchtime ends at 12:45 for Reception and at 1:00 for the other classes. In the afternoon there could be one lesson of 1.5 hours or two shorter lessons e.g., of 45 minutes each. These are typically science, music, art, history, geography, PSHE, PE, Spanish, RE, DT, Computing lessons.
At 2:30 classes stop for a class story. This is a protected time in the timetable. 
Depending on the age of the children, they start getting their things ready for the end of the day between 2:50 and 2:55.
 
If children are well, beyond the work packs, they should read as much as they can and those looking after them should read to them, again as much as possible because the benefits are priceless. There are also online storytime sessions, including the following:
 

Astronauts reading stories from space.

https://storytimefromspace.com/library/

The author Oliver Jeffers will read one of his stories and talk about some of the things that went into making it; it will be added to his website.

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/

 


 

As well as the work packs:

 
Twinkl.co.uk have kindly produced free  home learning packs for children in self-isolation or in the event of a school closure. These can be accessed here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=school+closure Go to the website and then click on the appropriate year group. 
Twinkl have also offered every teacher and parent a one month ultimate membership totally free of charge so children can have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption. Setting this up is easy-  go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.
We use White Rose Maths Hub for our maths curriculum. They have announced that they will set up resources for teachers to set work for pupils who are not able to go to school, from next week. Here is the website: https://whiterosemaths.com/
Pupils in Years 1-3 have access to Purple Mash where teachers set To Do tasks linked to pupils' learning.
Pupils in Years 2 and 3 also have access to Times Tables Rock Stars online.
Phonics Play is another website that has announced that all of their games and resources are currently free. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ It will be great for home learning for pupils in Reception and Year 1 in particular, because the children always love the games and they would be practising reading real and alien words. 

Kids Classroom Secrets have also announced free access to their online learning activities: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/home-online-learning/

Carol Vorderman's website, The Maths Factor is giving parents free access while schools are closed (usually £2 per week): https://www.themathsfactor.com/


 

Here are some other free websites with activities you may want to consider for your child(ren):

www.khanacademy.org/

www.freerice.com/

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.topmarks.co.uk

www.storylineonline.net/

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories

www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/

www.learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/games 

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

www.hourofcode.com/uk

https://www.teachingpacks.co.uk/50-youtube-channels-for-home-learning/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Free+Resources+for+Home+Learning%21&utm_campaign=AC50YoutubeChannels

 


PICTURE NEWS

Picture News is an organisation which creates weekly projects for children. They have kindly offered to do this for free during the period of school closure for most children. They produce projects for EYFS (we would include Reception and Year 1) and older children. The resources have the date in their title so it is clear which resources are part of the same project. We hope parents find them useful to work through with their children. Please click on the relevant bars on the menu on the left hand side of this page. 


 

Clicker 8
As a school we have five licences for a computer software programme called Clicker. Crick Software who make Clicker have offered free home access to all our parents and teachers for the next six weeks, in order to help with home learning during this difficult period.  They have offered to extend the free access if required. Go to www.cricksoft.com/home-installation for all the information you need to get started, including installation instructions and helpful hints for getting the most out of the software.  Clicker 8 is compatible with Windows/Mac machines (full system requirements can be found here). I have just tried installing it myself and it works perfectly. When you are asked for the serial number, enter the following in the four cells: 8G3EM     PMLXH      4QXVC      5VB4W. Once you have installed Clicker 8 spend some time viewing the tutorials. It is a very useful programme for all year groups but particularly for Reception to Year 2 pupils and any pupils in Year 3 who may struggle with reading and writing. I will also add this information to the Home Learning page on our website. 
 
If you have any issues installing Clicker 8, the following could be helpful:
 

 

The Essex Primary Headteachers' Association have created a website with links to resources for home learning for those children and adults socially isolating: 

https://essexprimaryheads.co.uk/story/2000165/links-to-online-resources-and-activities-for-children-and-adults-

 

Keeping a Diary

It may be cathartic if children kept a diary during the school closure. Writing something down is in itself, one way of dealing with a stressful, worrying situation. Who knows, your child's diary may be a historical source one day!

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